Using Breakout Rooms-Group Scavenger Hunt In an Introduction to Social Work course-an overview

Editor’s Note: The following post is an assignment from the La Salle faculty training course Collaboration Online Plus. In this assignment, course participants are tasked with redesigning an face-to-face lesson for the online environment. Please show support to your fellow Lasallians by leaving your feedback on their ideas in the comments section below this post.

Students will be asked to read Alfred Kadushin’s article, The Past, the Present, and the Future of Social Work. The students will be assigned to breakout rooms and instructed to collaborate, first by picking a recorder for the results of their discussion and someone to report to the class as a whole.

The students would be assigned the reading of the article prior to the session, and would informed that the are to be prepared to the following items in their breakout groups:

1. Discuss the points made in the article with regard to an occupation and a profession.

2. Identify at least two theorist who contributed the initial development of training for the emerging profession.

3. The article takes the position that as issues changed, developed and new ones emerged in society, the emerging profession reflected those changes. Cite three examples.

4. Compare, contrast and discuss the vocabulary in the growing literature cited in the article with respect to, immigrants, race-ethnicity and sexual identity.

5. What does the article have to say about the composition of those in the occupation and those in the profession, with respect to race-ethnicity, gender and age?

6. Was the article and the discussion helpful as a beginning understanding of Social Work?

The breakout groups would then come together to share the results of their work.

One Response

  1. Nick Gogno
    Nick Gogno

    I like the questions and that the reading is to be completed ahead of time, so that students can focus on discussion. Another way to approach this could be the jigsaw model. Put students in groups to discuss their initial impressions on the article, and assign each one a sub-topic area, such as the demographics of those in the social work profession. Then have the topic experts meet in their own groups to discuss only their area, and at the end, they can all report back to their initial group and present what they have learned and discuss broader questions on the article.

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